Upcoming Events at the Bridgehouse Museum


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Lunchtime Lecture Series 2019

Join us for our annual speaker series on our brand-new riverfront plaza every Monday through August starting on July 8th. Pack a lunch or pick up something from one of our friends along the Chicago Riverwalk while you listen to experts from various river-related fields from 12:15pm to 12:45pm. There will be a 15 minute Q&A afterward. All guests of our lecture series are welcome to explore the museum for $1 off admission afterward.

Our 2019 Schedule:

July 8:
Tim Hoellein Ph.D, Loyola University. Hoellein's work as a Loyola biologist focuses on litter and its effects on aquatic wildlife. He is a member of the Friends-initiated Chicago River Litter Free Task Force Committee examining trash on the waterway.

July 15:
Rob Reuland, PLA, ASLA, site design group ltd.
Cassandra Rice, PLA, ASLA, site design group ltd.
Cindy Chan Roubik, AIA, LEED A.P., City of Chicago
Reinvesting in Chicago's Second Waterfront: the Chicago River Design Guidelines Update.

July 22:
Lauren Umek Ph.D, Chicago Park District. Umek, an urban ecologist, was the Chicago Park District project manager for the removal of the North Branch dam at River Park. Built in 1910, the dam was eliminated in 2018 in an effort to open up 48 miles upstream of the river for fish and to make paddling safer.

July 29:
Mejay Gula, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. An architect and lecturer, Gula curates the Tender House Project in which students develop new ways to use Chicago's vacant bridgehouses.

Aug. 5:
Marcella Bondie Keenan, Center for Neighborhood Technology. A biologist and urban planner by training, Bondie Keenan is the director of the Center for Neighborhood Technology's RainReady Home initiative. That effort empowers residents to manage their risk of home flooding.

Aug. 12:
Karen Murchie Ph.D., Shedd Aquarium. Murchie, as Shedd Aquarium's director of freshwater research, oversees a staff of research biologists engaged in freshwater biodiversity conservation efforts. Her talk will focus on migratory fishes.

Aug. 19:
Jennifer Wasik, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Wasik is the Principal Environmental Scientist for the MWRD, which manages sewage and stormwater. Wasik's areas of expertise include water quality, fish, and phosphorous reduction.

Aug. 26:
Patrick McBriarty, PTM Werks. The author of "Chicago River Bridges" and other Chicago-related books, McBriarty co-hosts the Windy City Historians podcast.